She regularly attacks the consideration of race in college admissions. In September, her campaign began distributing mailers featuring a somber-faced young Asian-American woman and a quote from the congresswoman, “Discrimination in higher education is wrong.”
Corey Stewart, who is running for the senate in Virginia, is one of the biggest proponents of using attacks on affirmative action as a way to woo Asian voters.
In Virginia, Cory Stewart, a former Trump campaign official challenging Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, has vowed to introduce legislation barring universities from weighing applicants’ race if the school receives federal funds. His campaign has been distributing mailers advertising that stance in English, Mandarin and Vietnamese.
“Some Republicans are afraid to talk about it because it’s got a racial element to it,” Mr. Stewart said. “But they shouldn’t be, because it resonates.”
In case you need a reminder about Stewart’s background, I would suggest reading what Jane Coaston wrote about him when he won the Republican primary in Virginia. He tends to pal around with white supremacists like Jason Kessler (organizer of the Charlottesville march) and has made a name for himself as a defender of the confederacy.
At another campaign event in 2017 hosted by an avowed secessionist who attended the disastrous Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Stewart again defended the Confederacy, saying, “Virginians, we think for ourselves… And if the established order is wrong, we rebel. We did that in the Revolution, we did it in the Civil War, and we’re doing it today. We’re doing it today because they’re trying to rob us of everything that we hold dear: our history, our heritage, our culture.”
I’m sure Stewart’s main interest in attacking affirmative action is his concern about how it affects Asian Americans (and yes, that would be snark).
When it comes to this attempt at manipulation, we can only hope that most Asians are as adept at understanding what is going on here as Ms. Kalvoda.